Antique Bakshaish Persian Carpet from the Estate of Dustin Hoffman 47610
Size: 11 ft x 13 ft 9 in (3.35 m x 4.19 m)Print
Antique Bakshaish Carpet, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: 1900 — This elegant Bakshaish antique rug makes excellent use of contrast between the bright, tangerine orange borders and the deep, midnight blue center. Within the carpet’s thick frame is a series of angular flowers and stems, buttermilk yellow in their primary hue but containing elements of baby’s breath blue around them. At the center of the carpet, amidst the night-like field of blue, is a series of ocher and pale yellow shapes, set in alternating rows between each other. At the center of these figures is an angled circle, which creates an almost eye-like appearance, which lends a mystical and vivacious tone to the carpet.
Woven during the third quarter of the 19th century, this carpet (previously owned by the famed actor Dustin Hoffman) is quite breathtaking. As opposed to many of the rugs that were woven in big manufactures (where the weaver had no artistic influence into what they were weaving), these tribal rugs offer us a unique window in the the inner workings and artistic approach of the weaver. These weavers are true outsider artists who cared more about creating a work of art than a symmetrical floor covering. That is why, the older tribal rugs from North West Persia (such as this one) are so unique – every single piece is it’s own unique work of art (just like painters who create a number of artistic works over the course of their lives). In keeping with this artistic approach to rug weaving, this piece is quite special. The lack of symmetry, the lack of consistency and wonderful use of colors make us feel as though the artist wanted to try mystify us withe his / her personal and whimsical approach.